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Feb 3, 2016 6:34 PM

Landrigan: Hillary Clinton says pundits told her she should have skipped NH

CONCORD - It’s six days to the historic, first-in-the-nation primary, and it's time for all good politicians to perform better than their press clippings.

On Wednesday, we saw the unthinkable - Hillary Clinton spoke out loud about the prospect of bypassing New Hampshire.

"I come here well aware of the fact that a lot of political pundits have been opining ... that I should have skipped coming to New Hampshire," Clinton said at a town hall at the Derry Boys and Girls Club.


Think about this.

She's the first woman in any party to ever win the first-in-the-nation primary, and Hillary Clinton actually thought about ignoring the Granite State.

"Their argument is, 'Look you are behind here.' I am. 'You are in your opponent’s backyard.' New Hampshire always favors neighbors which I think is neighborly,’’ Clinton said as people chuckled.

This is the expectations game - a savvy Democrat almost desperate to try and lower them with six days left.

"I have to tell you, I could not skip New Hampshire," Clinton said. "I could not imagine not being here."

Sanders had already told NH1 News this is a turnout race.

"If working people, if young people, if people who are sick and tired of establishment politics and establishment economics are prepared to come out on Feb. 9, we are going to win,’’ Sanders said. "If it is a low turnout, I expect it to be a very, very close election.’’

Clinton said the stakes too high to skip any contest.

"And when you strip it all away the most important thing is to prevent the Republicans from taking back the White House,’’ Clinton said.

Meanwhile an ugly dispute was erased after Sanders canceled a threat to boycott Thursday’s NBC debate at UNH after Clinton agreed to more debates in the coming weeks.

"But I believe we are talking about a debate in Pennsylvania - or somewhere else - but I believe we have her commitment to do three more debates,’’ Sanders said.

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